Everything has changed since I started riding a bike. Everything!!!! And minus two scarred knees the changes have all been for the better :-)
As a child I was always pedaling around on something. When I was really young I was the only female member our our neighborhood "Big Wheel" gang.
Of course that wasn't much of an accomplishment since our gang consisted of just two people...me and my cousin Tommy. We spent a ridiculous amount of time riding around the block on our Big Wheels though and I have distinct memories of how much fun it was to ride at top speed off curbs. And by the way, that's never a smart idea when you have plastic tires!
After a while (and much to my dismay) my knees started banging against the handlebars, and it was time for me to graduate to a bike with training wheels. With that came new freedom as I could cover more distance in half the time. I don't remember ever having a destination, but I do remember riding my bike whenever and wherever I could.
I'm not sure exactly how it happened but one day I stopped riding my bike for other things. Middle School turned into High School and High School turned me into a marching band geek. Why I thought it was cool to march up and down a football field while wearing a plume is beyond me, but my bike started to collect a lot of dust.
I finally rediscovered my bike when I met my husband, Scott. Well, he wasn't my husband when I met him...but eventually he became my husband!
He loaned me his old helmet, took me for a ride around the block, and the rest was history. I fell head over heels in love with riding and haven't stopped since.
I'm pretty sure that Scott had no clue what he was in for when he took me for that ride, but I'm really glad that he did. Bicycling has enabled me to travel to amazing places, meet amazing people and push myself in ways I never thought possible. It's hard to describe the feeling that I get when I'm on a trail, but I can say this. I'm always happiest when I'm on a bike. Especially when my husband is trying to keep up with me!